2061 Connections
An electronic newsletter for the science education community

May 2004

Dear colleague,

2061 Connections is a new electronic newsletter from AAAS Project 2061 designed to help us share our work with the science, mathematics, and technology education community. This premiere issue is sent to you because our records show that you are an involved member of that community. However, should you rather not receive 2061 Connections, or if it has come to you in error, please let us know and we will promptly delete your e-mail address from our files. If you are interested, please continue reading.

Since its founding in 1985, Project 2061 has focused its efforts on helping all American students achieve literacy in science, mathematics, and technology. Today, the need for sound information and proven strategies for improving teaching and learning in these areas has never been greater. At the same time, the scope of Project 2061’s research and development efforts is broader than ever, with major initiatives underway to improve professional development in mathematics, prepare new graduate and postdoctoral leadership in science curriculum R&D, and assure the quality and alignment of science and mathematics assessments. We are also engaged in public outreach partnerships with museums and science centers and in designing and providing access to vast collections of digital resources for K-12 science education.

Our hope is that 2061 Connections will be a timely and convenient way for you to find out more about the work we are doing; what we are learning; and how our findings, tools, and resources can be applied in your own efforts. We hope you enjoy our first issue and look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions.

Signature: Jo Ellen Roseman

Jo Ellen Roseman
AAAS Project 2061

In this issue

  1. A Jump-Start for New Science Textbook Development
  2. Making a Difference in Middle Grades Mathematics: A Goals-Based Approach
  3. High-Quality Assessment Items on the Horizon

I. A Jump-Start for New Science Textbook Development
With a multiyear grant from the National Science Foundation, Project 2061 is helping educators, curriculum materials developers, and publishers to take advantage of the growing body of knowledge about how students learn science concepts and skills. Targeting areas where most curriculum materials fall short and where there are opportunities for materials to help students make significant gains in their science learning, Project 2061 is creating a unique online collection of reference tools and curriculum building blocks—all aligned to national and state content standards and based on the most relevant research. Read the full story.

II. Making a Difference in Middle Grades Mathematics: A Goals-Based Approach
What kinds of interventions are most likely to improve mathematics achievement for students in the middle grades? Project 2061 is leading a research team in search of empirical evidence on what works best. Learn more.

III. High-Quality Assessment Items on the Horizon
Building on its experience in evaluating science and mathematics assessment, Project 2061 is working to provide high-quality assessment items that are precisely aligned to content standards. With new funding from the National Science Foundation, Project 2061 is developing an online collection of more than 300 middle and early high school science and mathematics assessment items, which will be electronically linked to national and state content standards. Learn more.